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Poster: Dudley Dead Date: Nov 20, 2010 7:33am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: worst sounding concerts w/ wo DEAD

You bring up a good point, of how bad sounding 60's ( and later ) Rock shows could be . A friend of mine who saw many of the legends, complained how crappy the sound could be: "I saw Hendrix 3 times , and only 1 time did it sound good "( he had a good seat ) . Even I have to confess that I have heard my share of lousy sounding shows, both from the PA ( Ramones, & Black Sabbath !), and the venue ( Dylan & Petty , Pacific Amp.). I think we were lucky to be fans of a band who made big efforts to try to sound good . But even they could not overcome the problems large scale acoustics . There were times I would think, "this is fun, but I can't wait to hear the tapes to hear what is going on..".
I art of large scale amplification has improved , but when you go to enough concerts where there is little (jazz), or no (classical) amplification ; your idea of "good sound" changes . I saw Chick Corea's acoustic band, a long time ago, and he chose not to mike the piano . I was in the rear of the club, and he was not very loud, but the richness of tone he produced was incredible !
I know the "event" is supposed to compensate for the sound, but at times I have been reminded of the old "Emperor's new cloths " story .